ARDMORE — Funeral Services for Lenard Theron Godwin, 87, will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 8 at Griffin- Hillcrest Funeral Home in Ardmore with Rev. Danny Hunstman officiating. Interment will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Park Cemetery in Ardmore under the direction of Griffin-Hillcrest Funeral Home.
Mr. Godwin was born Nov. 10, 1920 in Briggs, Texas to James Perry and Mattie (Hasty) Godwin. He graduated from Ardmore High School and married Janet Marie Maddox Jan. 3, 1942. The couple moved to Richmond, Calif. to work in the shipyards during wartime. In 1943, they returned to the Ardmore area before returning to California and working in a commercial dairy farm. In the 1950s, Mr. Godwin moved his family back to the Ardmore area and opened a skating rink while maintaining his own dairy farm. He also owned and operated a Sinclair Service Station and a skating rink in Healdoton. In 1960, Mr. Godwin opened a bowling alley in Pauls Valley. In Wilburton, he built and operated a bowling alley and later Rowland’s Restaurant. In 1965, he sold all of his business and moved to Tulsa working for Rheem and Steel building oil tanks. In 1967, he moved to Mesita, Colo., where he raised barley.
In 1968, he moved back to Pauls Valley where he took control of the bowling alley, eventually selling it. In 1970, he opened Past Time Recreation in pauls Valley. From 1978 to 1981, Mr. Godwin operated a dairy farm in Pooleville with his son. Relocating to ardmore, he ran his dairy farm until 1983 when he moved to Madill and opened an ice business. He retired from business after his second wife, Lillie, died.
Mr. Godwin is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Lillie Mae Costner; son Dennis Wayne Godwin; one brother, Robert Godwin; and one sister, Venita Thomas.
Survivors include three sons, Jim Godwin and wife Sonnia of Pooleville, Tracy Godwin and wife Vickie of Ada, Wendell Godwin and wife Susie of Coppell, Texas; nine grandchildren, LaJuana Choate, Ginger Waller, Kim Godwin, Chris T. Godwin, Kelli Brown, Jake Godwin, Benjamin Godwin, Adam Godwin, and Samuel Godwin; 10 great-grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren; and one sister, Ruby Martin and husband Leonard of Ardmore.